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Iran lauds African Union statement, says it helps end Israeli onslaught on Gaza Strip

People inspect the rubble following an Israeli airstrike against the city of Rafah, in southern Gaza Strip, on February 13, 2024. (Photo by AP)

Iran has hailed a recent statement issued by the African Union (AU), which called for an end to the Israeli regime's military aggression and crimes against the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The statement was issued at the 37th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa on Saturday, with AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki strongly condemning the Israeli savagery and indiscriminate attacks on Gaza.

“Rest assured, we strongly condemn these attacks that are unprecedented in the history of mankind,” Faki said.

“We want to reassure you of our solidarity with the people of Palestine,” he added, while accusing Israel of having “exterminated” Gaza’s inhabitants.

Speaking on Sunday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani voiced the country's "categorical support" for the statement.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran declares its categorical support for the contents of this statement, which show commitment of the Union, as well as African leaders and nations to valuable humanitarian ideals regarding Palestine,” Kan'ani said.

He added that Iran has no doubt that continued adoption of such principled and humane positions by the African states, as well as "many other countries and nations around the world in support of the oppressed Palestinian nation will tighten the grip on the Zionist warmongers and criminals, and their supporters."

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasized that such stances will also "pave the way for the cessation of the [Israeli] onslaught on Gaza and the [occupied] West Bank, and will alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people."

His comments came on the 135th day of the Israeli regime's all-out military aggression against Gaza.

Close to 29,000 Palestinians, most of them women and children, have lost their lives so far during Israel's genocidal war, which began following Operation al-Aqsa Storm by Gaza-based resistance movements.

Earlier on Sunday, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas similarly praised the AU's statement, saying, "We hope it would translate into practical steps from all friendly African countries in a way that contributes to stopping the aggression and war of extermination against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip."

Hamas also called for severance of all relations with the regime and establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“We call for severing of all ties with the criminal Zionist entity, and supporting the struggle of our Palestinian people until they achieve their legitimate national rights, most notably the establishment of the Palestinian State" with al-Quds as its capital, Hamas stated.

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